Have you ever read a book and realized that the author wrote it just for you? Or have you read exactly the right book at exactly the right moment in your journey? That happened to me when I read Life by the Cup: Ingredients for a Purpose-Filled Life of Bottomless Happiness and Limitless Success by Zhena Muzyka. There is so much goodness in this book, and one of the best ways I know to express gratitude to Zhena for writing it is to share my top three take-aways from her words of wisdom.
Lesson #1: Pain is the messenger of change. When we feel pain, our first response is to make it go away. Our opportunity is to pay attention to the pain so we learn the lesson it brings: is it time to change, to grow, to heal? Emotional or physical, reflect on what your pain is trying to tell you so you can seek out proactive solutions and move forward with optimism and hope.
Lesson #2: Do what your heart wants, not what everyone else thinks you should do. Information and advice comes from everywhere. Sometimes we blindly follow along with something because we believe it’s what we “should do” or are “supposed” to do. Other times, we know what we really want but we let fear get in the way of going for it. I recently had an experience where my fear said NO, but my heart said, GO! I chose to listen to my heart. Even if the result doesn’t end up as I hope, at least I won’t regret not going for it. Don’t let your doubts, thoughts, and worries drown the voice of your heart. Choose love, joy, and passion and let your heart show you the way.
Lesson #3: Each of us is born with a genius, a talent, which lies dormant until we discover it and bring it into the light. It is our responsibility to uncover our genius and to share it with others. We get clues along the way, but we doubt and dismiss them. We bury our genius, hiding it out of fear that others may not like what they see. When we hide from our true potential, we play safe and small and it becomes difficult to find true happiness. But when we bring our genius into the light and lovingly serve from that place, we radiate joy from the inside out.